With summertime just around the corner and big moves coming up for many high school graduates, one local shop owner says the next couple of months may just be the perfect time for some DIY home improvement projects.
Karen Guillot and her husband Llyod “Boyo” Guillot own and operate All Kinds Of Finds, a Luling shop devoted to selling up-cycled and re-finished furniture, estate sale treasures and unfinished pieces and paint for each customer to create their own masterpieces.
Karen said the summer months are when she sells the most furniture.
“Those who work in education often use summer breaks for DIY and home projects,” she said. “Also, summer is as great time for indoor DIY projects. Our paint is odorless, and water based, which both support easy in-door DIY projects.”
All Kinds Of Finds is an authorized reseller of Jolie Paints and products, which are designed for simplifying the process of DIY painting projects. Karen said the learning curve to using the paint is easy, and that she has seen an uptick in people tackling DIY projects since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
“During the beginning of lockdown people were home and looking around their house and tackling projects that they didn’t have time before,” she said. “Lockdowns were the perfect time to start redoing furniture. A number of people who had never painted furniture or cabinets before took that on in the pandemic. We did a lot of over the phone consultations and talking people through what they needed to know for the first time.”
Karen said easier projects for a first-time painter would be a nightstand, small side table or bathroom cabinet. She added re-working existing furniture saves time and money.
“There’s no wait for delivery and it is also cost-effective,” she said, adding re-doing furniture is a perfect project for new high school graduates heading to college. “Dorms can often be furnished inexpensively with a mix of furniture and decorative items … these can be brought together by using a cohesive color scheme of one to three coordinating colors and including college colors is always fun.”
Karen said in the past she has hosted various workshops and classes to teach furniture re-finishing and painting techniques, but that she had to pause that offering due to the pandemic. She said while full workshops may not be available now, she is open to booking smaller classes or one-on-one consultations upon request.
“We want our shop to be a pleasant experience all the way around,” she said. “Call me and I can help.”
All Kinds Of Finds is located at 13425 River Road in Luling and can be reached at 504-756-1211.